MN: Lack of shooting and a missing attitude – Milan’s defects clear for all to see

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli must look for more attacking solutions given the team’s struggles in winning games against sides they should be beating comfortably.

Pietro Mazzara has written for MilanNews about the key defects of Milan’s game at the moment, starting by remarking that the team simply do not shoot on goal enough. A number of players get into good positions to shoot – Brahim Diaz among them – but appear frightened to take on a shot even from 18-20 metres out.

Then there is the risk of becoming over-reliant on Rafael Leao, which would in turn make the Rossoneri quite predictable. By now it is now customary to see role-by-role changes, but we have seen Pioli switch to a more attacking 4-4-2 with Rebic supporting Giroud in Salerno in the 2-2 draw.

Even at 1-0 in games – like the last two matches that ended in draws – Pioli should have had a little more courage, varying his tactical approach when in the lead rather than when having to chase a goal.

The third aspect is that Milan do not have the ruthlessness to kill off games. After going 1-0 up against Salernitana and Udinese, apathy seemed to overcome the initial exuberance and then when the team conceded they did not seem to have the right determination to reverse the situation.

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